How to Update Your Home Decor? How can you make your place appear its finest while also expressing your particular style? You will end up with a pleasant, happy house if you do it well. Poor execution will result in a mishmash of furniture, fabrics, and paint colors that never form an attractive whole. You will have a far larger chance of success if you prepare ahead and adhere to the same procedures employed by experienced interior designers.
Interior Design: Laying the Foundation
To reach the finish line, you must first know your destination.
Avoid Beginning in the Furniture Store
Many individuals have been advised to avoid grocery shopping when they are hungry, as it leads to poor decisions. The same holds true for furniture retailers; if you have an empty home, do not rush out to buy furniture. Yes, you need a sofa. But if you choose the pink-striped sectional without measuring measurements or considering the rest of the space, you will be stuck with it. The remainder of the room must be designed around the sofa, and if it is too huge for the space, it will always appear odd.
Equipped with a measuring tape and a notepad, enter the space to be furnished armed with a measuring tape and a notebook.
Determine Your Measurements
It is essential to match the scale of the furniture to the size of the room. A deep sectional sofa can easily overwhelm a small space, while slim chairs can get buried in a spacious loft. Before you begin creating, measure the length and width of each room you wish to decorate, as well as the ceiling height and any obstacles, such as stairs, columns, radiators, etc. To prepare for window coverings, it is also advisable to measure window openings as well as the wall space below, above, and to the sides of each one.
The first mistake that most people make is purchasing items that are the incorrect size – sofas that don’t fit in the room, sofas that don’t fit through doorways, tables that are too small, desks that are too large, and nightstands that block the doorway. Measuring your space carefully helps prevent such issues.
Develop a Floorplan
Once you have the room’s dimensions, you can use them to create a floor plan that provides a bird’s-eye view of the entire house. You must understand the space.
Using paper, a pencil, and a ruler to create a floor plan is one technique. The majority of professional designers, however, use drafting tools such as AutoCAD. Apps, such as Magicplan, Floor Plan Creator, and RoomScan Pro, attempt to make it easier for homeowners to produce simple floor plans (some even automate measurements with your smartphone’s camera, but double-check those numbers).
Start experimenting with the placement of furniture once you have the space’s layout, ensuring that the footprint of each piece is proportional to the size of the drawing.
Choose Your Way of Life
This is the difficult part, and there are no correct or incorrect responses. The aesthetics of a room can be conventional or contemporary, formal or casual, and visually warm or chilly. You must, to the best of your abilities, determine how you would like to inhabit a given place. What are your plans? How many inhabitants are there? Exist any children? What are your aspirations for your way of life?
For example, home decoration for someone who frequently throws huge dinner parties should differ from home for someone who eats out every night. The individual who intends to throw expensive fundraisers should have a different living room than the individual whose sole aspiration is to sleep in front of the television.
Imitate the Pros
To hone your personal style, consult design books and publications as well as internet resources such as Houzz, Pinterest, and Instagram. Determine the style to which you respond most favorably.
Examine the intricacies of the images you like to determine where the pattern is used versus where solids are used and where color can be used effectively or not. In addition, it will inform anything from the style of furniture you may choose to a prospective window treatment plan.
Wrap It Up
Use painter’s tape in the actual area to define where the furniture will be placed on floors and against walls, extending the concepts from a floor plan.
Develop a Budget
If you purchase an unexpectedly pricey chair, you will have less money available for the remainder of your home. You can still make an exception if you discover a one-of-a-kind dining table, but you will need to be resourceful in order to afford it.
Plan the Steps
Painting ceilings, completing drywall, and refinishing hardwood floors are all nasty tasks. If feasible, it is preferable to do this type of work before moving any furniture or accessories into the room.
In the event that it cannot be avoided, seal large furniture under plastic drop cloths and little items in boxes with tape to safeguard them.